Irreplaceable family heirloom stolen from Mt. Airy home

News | January 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Gretel Carolyn DeRuiter’s West Mt. Airy home was broken into on New Year’s Eve, and one of the pieces of jewelry that were stolen was the cameo her grandmother, Carolyn Grele, was wearing in the picture accompanying this article. (Gretel was named after her grandmother.) The cameo is of Gretel’s face as […]

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G’town director’s unique choir sings for social justice

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear There are lots of great choirs around, especially during the holiday season, but there may only be one in the area that not only creates aesthetically appealing sounds but also uses their music to advance the cause of social justice. That is the 43-year-old, all-female, 80-member Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (ANNA). The Anna […]

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Localite a unique winner of Pavarotti opera competition

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Paul Spencer Adkins, 66, is one of the millions of individuals who took piano lessons as a child but would rather have had his teeth extracted without anesthesia than practice on the piano every day. “I would have crying fits,” he said. However, a high school teacher named Mrs. Gloria Johnson, who […]

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‘Dough’ rises to the top for brilliant Mt. Airy author

Arts, Books | December 29th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear “For all the wit and fantasy, ‘Meet John Dough’ is a reasoned and impassioned affirmation of this country’s enduring values. I loved it!” This is a totally objective blurb about “Meet John Dough, Superhero; a Political Fantasy,” a spectacularly illustrated book released last week by locally-based Nyoka Press. This sparkling gem was […]

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